John Latimer

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John Levi Latimer, 90, of East St. Louis, IL, born October 25, 1932, in East St. Louis, IL, died Thursday, November 24, 2022, at his daughter’s residence in Freeburg, IL.

Jack retired in 1990 as a U.S. Postal worker for the East St. Louis Post Office where he worked for 35 years. He also owned and operated Jack’s TV Repairs out of his home. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and enjoyed sharing stories about the excursions and trips he took with family and friends. Jack was also a licensed pilot and flew many hours in the Cessna that he owned. Jack was an active member of the First Christian Church of Belleville where he had a large, loving church family.

His biggest pride and joy was spending his time with his many family members and friends.  You could always find him with a big, beautiful smile while enjoying the visits. Above all Jack was such a wonderful and loving son, father, brother, uncle, and friend to so many.  He will be greatly missed by all.

Jack was preceded in death by his loving parents, Ira and Opal Latimer; his siblings, Roy Latimer, Doris Williams, George Latimer, Beverly Agnew, and Flaura Barcum; a son, John F. “Johnny” Latimer; a son-in-law, Mike Phelps; and a great-grandson, Mason Schmittling.

Surviving are his children, Susan Phelps, Kim (Dennis) Schmittling, and Ricky Latimer; three step-children, Lisa Worrell, Shawn Franklin and Jay Franklin; seven grandchildren, Brandy (Derek) Huber, Eric Schmittling, Sarah (Rick) Bills, Christina Schmittling, Cory (Siu) Latimer, Courtney Latimer, and Kirstie (Brandon) Beasley; nine great-grandchildren, Tyler (Becky) Huber, Mackenzie Huber, Gage Hallett, Riley Mehrmann, Reese Bills, Austin, Alyssa, and Mikayla Schmittling, and Nevaeh Miller; one great-great-grandson, Sebastian Latimer; and his many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Belleville or to Hospice of Southern Illinois in his memory. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Burial of cremated remains will be held at 11a.m. Friday, December 16, 2022, at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022, at First Christian Church, 5929 Old St. Louis Road, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022, at First Christian Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Doug Hargrave officiating.


2 Comments on John Latimer

Carolyn Stacker nee Smith said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2022 at 5:45 PM

Met 'Jack' as I knew him about 50 years ago. I worked at the Carrier station on 19th State in East Saint Louis where Jack was carrier and I was a clerk. He worked on my tvs, my son's tvs and son friends for years. Johnny helped him. Worked Flora also. Knew his sister-in-law. She swtchboard operator for the post office back in the day. I talked to him about two years ago. He sounded good. He was a super nice guy.

  • East Saint Louis
  • IL
Mark and Rose (Zimmer) Jones said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Mark: I'm at this man one time in my life and you seem to be a really godly Man, you probably prayed for my wife that she gets saved....she did... Thanks Jack enjoy your new life forever

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  • Mo

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